The 2020 baby names most likely to put you on Santa's naughty or nice list – from Henry to Rebecca

THERE'S no denying that this Christmas might be a little different to any we've celebrated before.

But just because 2020 has been a funny old year, that hasn't stopped Santa from making his annual naughty and nice list.

And if you want your little ones to only ever be among the other well-behaved angels, then BabyCentre has told Fabulous the top "naughty" names to avoid.

The parenting website analysed hundreds of monikers to put together their list of Top 10 "naughty and nice" names for 2020.

From Peter to Pandora, the experts looked to popular books, movies and Greek mythology before compiling the "naughtiest" names.

Coming in first place for naughty boys names was Henry which has a German origin meaning "ruler".

Top 10 ‘Naughty’ Boy & Girl Names for 2020:

Boys:

  1. Henry – meaning 'ruler'
  2. Adam – biblical origins
  3. Aiden – Celtic sun God
  4. Flynn – Tangled reference
  5. Tristan – meaning 'noise' and 'sorrowful'
  6. Loki – means 'Trickster God'
  7. Samuel – means 'Prince of Darkness'
  8. Peter – inspired by rule-breaking Peter Pan
  9. Harvey – means 'blazing'
  10. Kevin – shares name with the trickster in Home Alone

Girls:

  1. Violet – shares name with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  2. Anastasia – one of Cinderella's cruel stepsisters
  3. Matilda – inspired by Roald Dahl book
  4. Rebel – means to 'act out'
  5. Marisa – shares name with power-hungry villain of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy
  6. Eris – goddess of discord and strife
  7. Rebecca – means "to bind", "to tie" or "snare"
  8. Pandora – in Greek mythology, Pandora performed the now famous act of disobedience
  9. Mara – Hebrew origin and means ‘bitter’
  10. Lilith – Assyrian origin and means ‘ghost, night monster’

Source: BabyCentre

They said: "Has the power got to Henry's head? Its naughty nature was highlighted in Francesca Simon’s Horrid Henry books in which the protagonist, Henry, is known for his mischievous ways."

What's more, Adam came in second place thanks to its biblical origins while Aiden – which derives from Celtic sun god – "suggests they have a spirited means for getting in trouble".

Tristan also appeared in the top five as it means 'noise' and 'sorrowful', while the list also made reference to cinematic rule-breakers Kevin in Home Alone and Flynn in Tangled.

As for the "naughty" girls names, Rebel naturally had to make the top five along with the literature-inspired monikers Violet (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Anastasia (Cinderella) and Roald Dahl's Matilda.

Top 10 ‘Nice’ Boy and Girl Names for 2020:

Boys:

  1. Oliver – derives from the Latin for ‘olive tree’
  2. Finn – Irish origin and means ‘fair’ or ‘white’
  3. Theodore – Greek origin and means ‘divine gift’
  4. Noah – Hebrew origin and means ‘peaceful’ and ‘comfort’
  5. Christopher – In the Winnie-the-Pooh book, the character, Christopher Robin is very compassionate towards his animal friends
  6. Nicholas – derived from the Greek Nikolaos, it means ‘victory of the people’
  7. Luke – derived from the Latin, Lucius, which means ‘the bright one’
  8. Michael – name of Buddy the Elf’s little brother in Elf who helps save Christmas
  9. Asher – Hebrew origin and means ‘fortunate, blessed and happy’
  10. Isaac – Hebrew origin and means ‘laughter’

Girls:

  1. Esme – French origins and means esteemed and beloved
  2. Hermione – inspired by gifted and kind Hermione Granger from Harry Potter
  3. Mona – Irish origins and means ‘noble good’
  4. Paloma – Spanish origins and means dove
  5. Glinda – name of the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz.
  6. Evangeline – Greek origin and means ‘bearer of good news’
  7. Beatrice – Italian and Latin origin and means ‘she who brings happiness'
  8. Sophie – name of the kind and brave heroine in Roald Dahl’s The BFG
  9. Cindy – befriends and shows kindness to the Grinch in The Grinch and convinces him not to steal Christmas
  10. Farah – Arabic origin and means ‘happiness’

Source: BabyCentre

Analysing the name Rebecca, the experts said: "It means 'to bind', 'to tie' or 'snare', suggesting that Rebecca’s are cunning! 

"Netflix’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca was released in October this year. The unseen character, Rebecca, is found out to be deceitful and manipulative – two characteristics Santa wouldn’t be pleased with!"

As for the "nice" girls and boys names, Oliver – which was one of the most popular names this year – came in first place.

"It derives from the Latin for ‘olive tree’," they said. "Olive branches are commonly associated with a gesture of making peace."

Meanwhile, the top "nice" girls name Esme has French origins and means "esteemed" or "beloved" while Ellie comes from the old English for "bright shining one".

Sarah Redshaw, UK Managing Editor for BabyCentre said: "We found Santa’s naughty and nice lists but think he may have based them on hidden meanings and names of naughty book and film characters.

"Many of the naughty list names are now popular choices for parents and we are sure all of these children will have made it onto Santa’s nice list this year."

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